alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi also ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

Definition of alloy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the degree of mixture with base metals : fineness
2 : a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten also : the state of union of the components
3a : an admixture that lessens value
b : an impairing alien element
4 : a compound, mixture, or union of different things an ethnic alloy of many peoples
5 archaic : a metal mixed with a more valuable metal to give durability or some other desired quality

alloy

verb
al·​loy | \ ə-ˈlȯi also ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \
alloyed; alloying; alloys

Definition of alloy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to impair or debase by admixture
2 : to reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable metal
3 : to mix so as to form an alloy

intransitive verb

: to lend itself to being alloyed iron alloys well

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Examples of alloy in a Sentence

Noun

testing the properties of various alloys a part made of aluminum alloy

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

China makes more than half of the world’s crude steel, the raw form of the industrial alloy. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "China’s Steel Glut Sinks Iron Ore," 27 Nov. 2018 The team is starting with Ti-6AI-4V, a common titanium alloy used in aerospace. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Putting A.I. Brains Into 3D Printers Will Change the Game for the Navy," 1 Oct. 2018 The Sherpa uses a marine-grade aluminum alloy exterior and a fiberglass roof in a classic teardrop shape; the sleeping quarters are inside the cabin with the kitchen accessed from the rear. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly camper trailer tackles any terrain and sleeps four," 15 Oct. 2018 Stainless, which had been steadily gaining in popularity over the last couple of years, comes in different grades and alloys. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "Shopping Guide: Outdoor Grills," 3 Apr. 2010 Huawei engineered the Matebook 13 out of an aluminum alloy, chamfered the edges, and finished it off with a sandblast process that gives the surface a bit of grip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Huawei's Matebook 13 shrinks the Matebook X Pro into a 'Whiskey Lake'-powered laptop," 7 Jan. 2019 Strategically placed venting peppers the bottom, sides, and edges of the m15's magnesium alloy and copper chassis. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alienware m15 laptop sports thinnest Dell gaming design, Nvidia Max-Q GPUs," 4 Oct. 2018 An aluminum alloy and fiberglass shell houses a remote-control side doorway—because why not?—and a spacious floor plan. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury RV can carry a smart car inside its garage," 30 July 2018 That’s for base and premium Ascents equipped with 18-inch alloys and 245/60 all-season tires. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Automakers are making nearly continuous improvements to vehicle engines and structures by alloying their steels with an evolving list of special ingredients such as manganese, titanium, chromium, and nickel. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Toyota’s New Electric Motor Cuts Need for Costly (and Overwhelmingly China-Sourced) Rare-Earth Metal," 27 Feb. 2018 The light gray or whitish metal can be alloyed with steel to form materials that are stable at high temperatures. Thomas Biesheuvel, Bloomberg.com, "China Sends One of the West’s Most Critical Materials Soaring," 11 Sep. 2017 Anger and anguish alloyed to reveal a deep, familiar frustration. Bill Oram, Orange County Register, "Clippers one game away from offseason after 96-92 Game 5 loss to Jazz," 25 Apr. 2017 Yttrium and neodymium are alloyed to make the magnets in turbines for windmills. Nelson Ching, National Geographic, "How Acid—and Bacteria—Could Make Recycling Your Phone Greener," 10 June 2016

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First Known Use of alloy

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for alloy

Noun

French aloi, from Old French alei, from aleir to combine, from Latin alligare to bind — more at ally

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alloy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alloy

: a metal made by melting and mixing two or more metals or a metal and another material together

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈa-ˌlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi\

Kids Definition of alloy

: a substance made of two or more metals melted together Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

alloy

noun
al·​loy | \ ˈal-ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ə-ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \

Medical Definition of alloy

1 : the degree of mixture with base metals
2 : a substance composed of two or more metals or of a metal and a nonmetal intimately united usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten also : the state of union of the components

Other Words from alloy

alloy \ ə-​ˈlȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) , ˈal-​ˌȯi How to pronounce alloy (audio) \ transitive verb

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